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Ave Maria, Op 12

1858; first performed, with orchestral accompaniment, at the Gradener Akademie in Hamburg on 2 December 1859, Brahms conducting; published 1861
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Corydon Singers, John Scott (organ), Matthew Best (conductor)
Recording details: October 1989
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1991
Total duration: 3 minutes 51 seconds

Cover artwork: The Roof of Milan Cathedral (c1830) by Carl Beckmann (1799-1859)

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Composed in 1858, but not published until 1861, the first performance of the Ave Maria Op 12 was given at the Gradener Akademie in Hamburg on 2 December 1859, with orchestral accompaniment, along with the Funeral Hymn Op 13, both directed by Brahms. It represents the composer’s first published attempt at combining vocal and instrumental music, and although there are certain infelicities, the obvious warmth of expression contrasts markedly with the main body of the motets as a whole.

from notes by Julian Haylock © 1991

L’Ave Maria op. 12 fut composé en 1858, mais ne fut publié qu’en 1861. Sa première représentation fut donnée à la Gradener Akademie de Hambourg, le 2 décembre 1859, avec un accompagnement orchestral, en même temps que l’«Hymne funèbre» op. 13, sous la direction de Brahms lui-même. Cette œuvre représente le premier essai par le compositeur de combiner la musique vocale et la musique instrumentale et malgré certaines maladresses, la chaleur évidente de l’expression est en contraste marqué avec l’ensemble tout entier des motets.

extrait des notes rédigées par Julian Haylock © 1991
Français: Alain Midoux

Die Uraufführung des 1858 komponierten, aber erst 1861 veröffentlichten Ave Maria op. 12 fand am 2. Dezember 1859 in der Gradener Akademie in Hamburg statt, und zwar mit Orchesterbegleitung. Das Programm sah außerdem den Begräbnisgesang op. 13 vor, und beide Werke wurden von Brahms persönlich dirigiert. Das „Ave Maria“ stellt den letzten veröffentlichten Versuch des Komponisten dar, Vokal- und Instrumentalmusik zu verknüpfen, und obwohl es gewisse Ungeschicklichkeiten aufweist, kontrastiert doch die nicht zu übersehende Wärme seines Ausdrucks deutlich mit den Motetten in ihrer Gesamtheit.

aus dem Begleittext von Julian Haylock © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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